SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (ABC 4 UTAH) – Boeing, the world’s leader in commercial aircraft is working on a major project, the 777X airliner, and production may move to Utah.
The possibility lingers after a contract was voted down by union workers in Seattle. But what could it mean for the Beehive state? Jobs.
Thursday Boeing already began discussing the idea with Utah Governor Gary Herbert. Friday, ABC 4 Utah spoke with the Governors Office of Economic Development on why Utah is on Boeings list of options.
"Its no surprise that a company like Boeing is interested in Utah,” said Spencer Eccles, the executive director at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
The Feeling is mutual for the state, because of the possibility of bringing more jobs to the beehive state. “With the existing facility out at the airport and the projected jobs that we are going to have out in West Jordan in the new facility they have just acquired we are heading in the direction of north of a thousand jobs,” said Eccles.
However, if Utah becomes home to Boeings popular new 777X liner, that number would increase jobs even more.
The state expressed their immediate interest in working with Boeing in building the aircraft after the company started looking outside of Washington for the new project.
"They've already shown that they love Utah by expansion in West Jordan and were excited about that and if they are interested in talking we are definitely open for business,” said Eccles.
Eccles also told ABC 4 Utah that the state is on Boeings list because of the already existing supply chain and infrastructure that exists here. '"We have a great foundation that supports not just at the high level but all the way through the supply chain and that is important both from the supply component of materials but also the supply component of people,” said Eccles.
Other states competing for the 777X liner include South Carolina, Texas and Southern California, Alabama and Georgia.